Happy Whole30 Day 1!
Today we start a month of eating cleaner, sleeping like a champ and maybe (hopefully) reducing a bit of the stress in our lives. You didn’t think Whole30 was just about what you put in your pie hole, did you?!
More on that in an upcoming post, but let’s just say this: if you’re eating cleaner but sleeping 5 hours a night and stressed to the point that you’re miserable, you still may not feel great at the end of January.
I wanted to check in with you today and share some thoughts on what it’s normal to feel like as you embark on your Whole30. The short answer: there is no norm. We all experience the Whole30 from our own unique perspectives. Here are some possibilities.
It’s quite likely you may be feeling some interesting emotions today: apprehension, excitement, dread or resolve. Or maybe a mixture of those. Or maybe one I didn’t list. Or maybe nothing—though ambivalence to this sort of program seems rare.
When you make the commitment to doing something better FOR YOU, it can be a big thing, but make no mistake, we all respond to these situations differently.
For some of you, this may be your first Whole30—or heck, even your first attempt at cleaning up your diet. For others—myself included—you’ve done several, and somehow it’s just not as intimidating. Some of you are relatively healthy while others are quite sick, trying to gain some control over metabolic disorders, autoimmune conditions or food addictions.
Serious stuff, right? Perhaps your family supports you or is even doing it with you, or maybe you’re the Lone Ranger in your household. Maybe you’re even getting flack from friends or loved ones. (That’s the worst. Really? Giving me crap because I want to eat better?! << You may have had that thought already.)
These things you may be feeling…they’re not the easiest to deal with. They take courage. But out of courage and challenge come the most meaningful rewards. Low-hanging fruit is just never as sweet.
So what to do if you find yourself faced with a whirling dervish of emotions, particularly during this first few days? Identify, experience, and then let them go. And then, change your thoughts. For example, instead of thinking, “I’m giving up so many of my favorite foods,” replace it with, “When I let go of old ways, I make way for new (BETTER) possibilities.”
Maybe you’ll feel better physically, sleep better, be more calm and less stressed! Remember, you’re making space for learning about yourself in these 30 days if you remain courageous and steel your resolve.
So, here’s to Day 1…I raise my glass of sparkling water with lime and an olive (a la Melissa Joulwan) to you and your success.
Now, some logistics:
In addition to new recipes, I’ll be posting from time to time throughout the month about the Whole30 experience. I welcome your comments below, so don’t be shy.
If you’re fuh-reaking out about what to cook this week, click here to check out this ace Week 1 Food Plan and Week 2 Food Plan that Melissa Joulwan’s made just for you! Also, Rach from Meatified has collected 30 Days of Whole30 Dinners here.
And in case you need more good eats, Mel J. has pulled together 30 MORE recipes from top bloggers like Nom Nom Paleo, The Domestic Man, Paleo Parents and little ol’ me!
And finally, I’m wishing you an outstanding New Year from the waiting area at Heathrow Airport in London. Headed back to the States after four months away. All I can say is “snacks on a plane!” I’m ready for Whole30, too!